April 18, 2012 (Calgary, AB): Over the past three days Albertans have been receiving phone calls from Gil McGowan, President of the Alberta Federation of Labour. If the phone call goes to an answering machine, this is what is recorded: http://wildrose.ca/media/2012/04/AFL-call.mp3.
However, if the call is picked up a push-poll then ensues, apparently if the person selects they are voting Wildrose, the call ends. Elections Alberta requires that if a third party, such as AFL, “place[s] advertisements (broadcast, print or electronic)…[that] exceed $1,000” (http://www.elections.ab.ca/public%20website/files/Documents/Third%20Party%20Advertiser%20-%20Guide%20to%20the%20EFCDA%20Sept%2015,%202011.pdf) that they must register as a third party election advertiser with Elections Alberta. The following rules also apply to third parties:
- Every third party advertisement must identify the sponsor's name and phone number, and must indicate that the sponsor authorizes the advertisement.
- A registered third party must file an election advertising report, including a financial statement, with Elections Alberta.
- Both registration information and election advertising reports will be available to the public.
(http://www.elections.ab.ca/public%20website/files/Documents/Third%20Party%20Advertiser%20-%20Guide%20to%20the%20EFCDA%20Sept%2015,%202011.pdf) According to the most recent Elections Alberta list of registered third party advertisers the AFL is not registered, and is therefore in clear violation of the Elections Act (http://www.elections.ab.ca/public%20website/files/Documents/Registered_Third_Parties.pdf). Wildrose will be filing an official complaint with the Chief Electoral Officer tonight. Wildrose has been absolutely clear in its support of the public health care system, and it has no plans to move to a privatized system. Rather, Wildrose has consulted Albertans and proposed meaningful, affordable reforms to Alberta’s publicly funded health care system. To learn more about the Wildrose Patient Wait Time Guarantee please visit: www.wildrose.ca/pledge/wait-time-guarantee/. Wildrose has made every aspect of its party policy and platform publicly available, so that Albertans can readily access the facts (www.wildrose.ca). Wildrose stands for free enterprise, less government, increased personal freedom, and democracy.